What to Check Before You Call for Heating Repair

What to Check Before You Call for Heating Repair

It is always better to call a professional whenever your heating system seems to have trouble. Actually, that’s probably the best thing you can do in order to ensure that everything is normal with your heating system. However, before calling for heating repair service there exist some preliminary things that you should check. Of course, these things won’t solve your problem, but they’re good things to check before a professional’s arrival.

The Thermostat

Whenever your heater appears to be acting up, you always want to check the thermostat before doing anything else. The reason of it is that the thermostat is the core of your heating system, responsible for controlling all of the main functions of the system. A malfunctioning thermostat can and will cripple an otherwise healthy system, so it’s a good idea to check yours to make sure. You should look at the thermostat display and make sure that the information there is correct. If it is found out that all the settings and temperature are correct, the problem might be located elsewhere in the system.

Pilot Light

If there is a standing pilot light in your house, you should check to make sure that it is still lit. If you have an intermittent pilot, try to turn the system on when you are examining it. Sometimes, you can hear the intermittent pilot trying and failing to light the system. It is possible that a broken intermittent pilot may have a damaged or faulty electrode, which makes it unable to produce the spark to light the system. A standing pilot light that fails to stay lit is usually caused by a faulty thermocouple, which is considered an older kind of heat sensor. The thermocouple is responsible for feeding a steady stream of natural gas to the pilot light, so as to make it keep it burning. A failed thermocouple will often cut off the flow of gas prematurely, smothering the pilot light instead of feeding it. Very often the best way to fix this is to replace it. In case if you want to know more about repairing your heating system, do not hesitate and contact Jupiter Air Conditioning and Heating today. We provide professional heating repair throughout the Burbank area.